National Fisherman


The U.S. government violated the law by failing to properly manage the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper fishery, a federal court ruled.
 
The Gulf Seafood Institute (GSI) reported Thursday that the decision means that "any future management actions for red snapper - including any potential reallocation of quota to the recreational sector - must be developed with adequate accountability measures consistent with the Court's order. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will have to revise its regulations governing the recreational red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico to "require whatever accountability measures are necessary to constrain catch to the quota."
 
According to a press release from the GSI, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled in favor of the 21 commercial fishermen on five counts of their suit against Penny Sue Pritzker, acting in the official capacity as Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the NMFS.
 
In the ruling the court agreed that the persistent overharvesting by the recreational fishing sector in recent years has harmed all stakeholders in the fishery, including commercial and recreational fishermen and fishing communities, and deprived consumers of access to fresh fish.
 
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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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